Zombie fans get ready for more gory, flesh-eating dystopian drama… Two seasons of a new Walking Dead companion series (yet to be named) have been ordered by US network AMC, and the show will be filmed in Vancouver as well as Los Angeles.
“The production will be based in Vancouver with significant filming also occurring in Los Angeles,” an AMC spokesperson told RadioTimes.com. And although storylines are yet to announced, we do know that the show will not include the original series’ central characters Rick Grimes, Glenn, Daryl, Carol and Maggie, who tackled the zombie apocalypse in and around Georgia.
Comic book writer Robert Kirkman will act as a producer on the new series, and explained that the new show will run parallel to the storylines and characters in his comic book series. “It’s not going to relate to the comics at all,” Kirkman said, speaking to Entertainment Weekly. “The new show is to expand that world and show another corner of the United States and what’s happening there.”
The spin off series will start at an earlier point in time to The Walking Dead, and will follow characters in LA. “But I wouldn’t call it a ‘prequel’ because the entirety of the show is not going take place before [The Walking Dead],” revealed Kirkman. “It will eventually form a path running concurrently”.
Into the Storm actress Alycia Debnam Carey has been cast in the companion series, along with Frank Dillane, known for his role as Tom Riddle in Harry Potter, and Cliff Curtis (Trading Day, Body of Proof, Missing).
Two families will feature in The Walking Dead spin off, the Cabreras and the Tompkins, and one will include six one-hour episodes and premiere on AMC in late summer. The show’s second season will air in 2016. Filming is expected to start this April.